Redaction has been hitting the news...


Before we start, I know I'm a week late on this but I've been out an about a bit... (see the entry below!)

Anyways, Recently the Associated Press was able to uncover some of the confidential details of the settlement between Facebook and ConnectU. They were able to do this because whoever “redacted” the confidential information contained in the settlement document, did not actually redact the information. Instead of properly redacting information from the document, the person simply put white boxes over the sensitive and therefore “redacted” information.

Thanks to this oversight, and I quote here..... “The Associated Press was able to read the blacked-out portions by copying from an electronic version of the document and pasting the results into another document.”

I'm sure I've bored you with this stuff before but for those at the back who may not have heard.. there are great redaction tools built into Adobe Acrobat 8.0 and 9.0. If your company (law firms especially) doesn't have either of these versions it's time to get yourself upgraded. At the same time, it might be a good idea to train your lawyers and staff on how to do redaction correctly and easily with Acrobat.

Redacting stuff the Acrobat way.....

1. Choose View > Toolbars > Redaction.
2. (Optional) To set the appearance of redaction marks, click Redaction Properties.
3. Select the Mark For Redaction tool .
4. Mark items you want to remove by doing any of the following:
* Double-click to select a word or image.
* Press Ctrl as you drag to select a line, a block of text, an object, or an area.
Use this method to select areas of a page in a scanned document.

To preview how your redaction marks will look, hold the pointer over the marked area.


5. To redact the marked items, click Apply Redactions in the Redaction toolbar.
6. Click OK to remove the items. The items aren’t permanently removed from the document until you save it.
7. If you want to search for and remove hidden information in the document by using the Examine Document
feature, click Yes. Otherwise, click No.
8. Choose File > Save, and specify a filename and location. If you don’t want to overwrite the original file, save the
file to a different name, location, or both.

...and finally as Sir Trevor MacDonald would say..

Gloucester lost in a close fought, low scoring game of rugby with Harlequins, but the bonus point earned keeps us top of the table, temporarily..

Guinness Premiership : Table

1 Gloucester 15 50 46
2 Sale 14 69 45
3 London Irish 15 117 43
4 Bath 13 62 42
5 Harlequins 14 54 39


So, do I need to BUY the redation tool? Or is it part of Adobe 9?


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